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Sneak Preview: A.Y.C.E. Buffet at Palms

Find Search for: The new A.Y.C.E. (“All You Can Eat”) buffet at Palms doesn’t officially open until Dec. 22, 2017, but who the hell can wait? Did we mention it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet? We popped in for a security breach on an employee “play DAY,” and A.Y.C.E. looks great. Gluttony has a new home, A.Y.C.E. buffet at Palms. Palms, part of Red Rock Casinos (a/k/a Station Casinos) has undertaken a massive $485 million renovation, including new restaurant offerings, and A.Y.C.E. is part of that plan. Check out our epic overview of 22 new things coming to Palms resort. As is the law in Las Vegas, Palms says of the new buffet: “Worldly cuisine presented in an innovative, technique-focused fashion will be the signature of A.Y.C.E., which will host guests in an open food hall setting.” During NFR, “A.Y.C.E.” stands for “All y’all, come eat! Seriously, Vegas can’t help itself. Here’s more: “A.Y.C.E. will define the Vegas buffet not only with elevated and eclectic food displays but also in its modernized presentation, where we focus on the method of preparation.” So, yeah, it’s a Las Vegas buffet. Thankfully, Las Vegas tends to get buffets right. Judging by the interior design, A.Y.C.E. is hitting a lot of the right notes. Decor touches include old-timey portraits with playful graffiti. A.Y.C.E. features seven food stations, all of which sound like varieties of weed....

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Auto Collections at Linq to Close After 36 Years

The Auto Collections at Linq Resort (formerly Imperial Palace) has been around as long as anyone can remember. The sightseeing attraction and auto auction will close on Dec. 30, 2017, after 36 years. Cue the gratuitous car pics! We about to get all up in the Auto Collections’ grill. Auto Collections announced it lost its lease, which typically translates into “they tried to raise our rent, and we’re having none of that.” You know you’re a little turned on right now. Oh, get a vroom. The awkwardly-named Auto Collections (most recently referred to as the Auto Collections Vegas Car Museum) has hosted millions of Las Vegas visitors during its 36 years of operation. The venue served as both a tourist attraction featuring rare and exotic cars, while also serving as a showroom because most of the cars on display were available for purchase. Behold, a 1946 Delahaye 135MS Selborne Roadster, valued at $350,000. Yes, we took notes for a change. Many of the vehicles that came through the Auto Collections were historically significant, while others appeared in major motion pictures, and others were owned by celebrities and dignitaries. At any one time, the inventory of about 300 cars at Auto Collections was valued at about $100 million. The Auto Collections were located on the fifth floor of the hotel, and occupied a whopping 125,000-square-feet of space. This 1925 Rolls-Royce...

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MGM Resorts WNBA Team Will Be Las Vegas Aces

When news broke that Las Vegas was getting a WNBA team, we were the first to share who bought them: MGM Resorts. Now, we’ve got the early scoop on the team’s new name. Despite reports otherwise, we hear reliably when the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars relocate to Vegas, they’ll be known as the Las Vegas Aces. Granted, this photo of former Las Vegas headliner George Wallace has virtually nothing to do with this story, other than the basketballs. We’ll replace it with the Las Vegas Aces logo soon. Las Vegas Aces is short, sweet and a far cry from the name of our new hockey team’s name that has little to nothing to do with Las Vegas: Vegas Golden Knights. They’ve done pretty well so far, so we’ll cut them some slack. There’s nowhere to go but up for the Las Vegas Aces. The team had the worst record in the WNBA. But there’s hope for our newest professional sports team. The Aces (has a nice ring to it) won the draft lottery and will get the top pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft. The team will also have a top-notch coach, Bill Laimbeer, who can boast three WNBA championships in addition to his record of success in the NBA. While we are not a sports person, the Internet says there was a previous American Basketball Assn. team called...

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Boomers Bar Set to Close After 16 Years

A beloved Las Vegas dive bar, Boomers Bar, has announced it will close. Boomers Bar is set to close Dec. 29, 2017. The bar billed itself as being “located smack dab in the middle of town.” The venue is located at 3200 Sirius Ave., or smack dab in the middle of an industrial neighborhood where you probably shouldn’t stroll alone at night. The end is near for Boomers. Boomers, sometimes referred to with an apostrophe (Boomer’s), has hosted myriad quirky events over the years. Our visits have all involved seeing comedy open mic nights, some of it surprisingly good. A comedian friend of ours, Matt Markman, is a Boomers alum and frequently opens for Strip headliner Anthony Cools, as well as performing at innumerable comedy clubs in Vegas and elsewhere. Other recent events have included swing music and burlesque. Which, we might add, some enterprising Las Vegas business should try and combine sometime. The venue also boasted “We have two pool tables, jukebox with Internet access and free Wi-Fi.” We should have looked for that jukebox with Internet access and Wi-Fi. Those are so rare these days. Boomers announced it would close in a Facebook post you probably don’t have time to find, so we’ll just show it to you. Caveat on the furniture, it’s all really sticky. We kid about Boomers, but it had a loyal following, and...

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Free 24/7 Magazine to Go Out of Print

A fixture in Las Vegas cabs, 24/7 Magazine, has confirmed it will go out of print after 20 years of operation. The magazine’s final issue will be December 31, 2017. Don’t you fret. Las Vegas casinos will find other ways to advertise. Distribution of 24/7 Magazine, consisting mainly of advertising, was mostly done via Las Vegas taxis. It’s estimated 24/7 Magazine had a monthly distribution of 450,000 copies. It’s owned by Verifone, the company that provides technology for electronic payment transactions. It’s likely the demise of the publication was accelerated by the dramatic decline in taxi ridership due to the introduction of rideshare services Lyft and Uber to Las Vegas. When we shared this story on Twitter, we expected a collective “meh,” but instead got some interesting responses. People who like Las Vegas really like Las Vegas. Even throwaway magazines have their fans, and it seems 24/7 was a keeper for some Las Vegas visitors. We were a frequent contributor to another longtime magazine, Today in Las Vegas, which also went under, so we’ve witnessed first-hand the financial challenges facing these publications. We wish any displaced 24/7 Magazine employees all the best. [Read More...

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